AP Highlight in History: On Oct. 24, 1962, the U.S. blockade of Cuba during the missile crisis began under a proclamation signed by President John F. Kennedy.
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The Peace of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years' War and, effectively, the Holy Roman Empire.
The first transcontinental telegraph message was sent from California to President Abraham Lincoln.
The George Washington Bridge connecting New York and New Jersey was dedicated.
The 40-hour work week went into effect in the United States.
The United Nations charter took effect.
Republican presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower declared, "I shall go to Korea" as he promised to end the conflict.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The Toronto Blue Jays became the first team outside the United States to win a World Series as they defeated the Atlanta Braves 4-3 in Game 6.
Authorities arrested Army veteran John Allen Muhammad and teenager Lee Boyd Malvo in connection with the Washington-area sniper attacks. (Malvo was later sentenced to life in prison; Muhammad was sentenced to death and executed.)
The era of supersonic jet travel came to an end as three British Airways Concordes landed at London's Heathrow Airport.
Civil rights activist Rosa Parks died at age 92.
Facebook Inc. sold a 1.6 percent stake to Microsoft Corp. for $240 million, spurning a competing offer from Google Inc.